Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in the study of business and to providing value to its members. BGS also takes seriously and is strongly committed to protecting its members’ privacy. Certain types of information are obtained from new members upon completion of a membership profile and from lifetime members during use of the BetaNet family of websites including but not limited to www.betagammasigma.org, www.bgsstore.org, www.bgschapterservices.org, careercentral.betagammasigma.org, www.memberconnections.com/olc/pub/BGS/ and through direct communication with the Society’s headquarters. This Privacy Information Policy will help BGS members understand the terms and conditions surrounding the collection and use of that information.
This Privacy Information Policy covers: what types of information BGS collects from its new members on the membership profile and/or upon visiting BetaNet, how the information is used as approved by the Board of Governors and consistent with the Society's mission and objectives, and under what conditions the information is disclosed to others. Unless declared otherwise by using the “Opt-Out Option”, completion of one’s membership profile constitutes agreement and knowledge of all terms and conditions set forth in this Privacy Information Policy.
This version of the Privacy Information Policy took effect October 25, 2007. BGS reserves the rights to modify or amend this statement and policy at any time by mailing its members an updated version and/or by posting the revised policy online.
If BGS decides to change its Privacy Information Policy, changes will be mailed and/or posted online to alert members of what information may be collected and/or shared with third parties.
When a person submits a completed membership profile (paper or electronic) to BGS, information such as one’s name, address, birth date, gender and postal code is collected. Once a member of BGS, this information, and any other type which is voluntarily given, is in no way anonymous to BGS. Additionally, BGS collects personally identifiable information from its members when provided by its members, for instance, in response to a written request for products or services sponsored by BGS.
In general, www.betagammasigma.org automatically collects certain information such as the number and frequency of its visitors, along with what specific areas of the site are used. This is not considered personally identifiable information.
Additionally, Internet browsers have features called “Cookies” which store small amounts of information from a user’s computer. “Cookies” may be required to be turned on to visit most websites, and may be required to access certain areas of www.betagammasigma.org. However, “Cookies” tell BGS nothing about the user and are not considered personally identifiable information, unless the user provides personally identifiable information.
How Information is Used by Beta Gamma Sigma
Data which is automatically collected from the general use of www.betagammasigma.org helps BGS to determine areas of interest to its members. The identity of the user of this information remains anonymous to BGS and is only used for these general data calculations. Personally identifiable information may be used by BGS and/or shared with third parties as authorized by the Board of Governors. However, the use and sharing of this information by BGS can be restricted by opting-out. Unless declared otherwise by opting-out, one’s membership in BGS constitutes agreement and knowledge of all terms and conditions set forth in this Privacy Information Policy.
Disclosure and Sharing of Information with Others
BGS may share a member’s personally identifiable information collected unless specifically declared otherwise by deciding to opt-out. Failure to opt-out constitutes consent to the usage and/or sharing of personally identifiable information. Sharing of this information may result as follows:
Third Parties and Membership Programs
BGS works with its affiliate/sponsor/partner organizations, which in conjunction with their own programs, require disclosure of personally identifiable information. BGS will only share personally identifiable information which it reasonably believes will provide services of interest and value to its members. These organizations may be provided personally identifiable information unless BGS members specifically declare otherwise by choosing to opt-out.
Credit Card Companies
Credit card transactions required for registration and/or purchasing of items on www.betagammasigma.org or www.bgsstore.org are handled by a third party financial institution. This institution receives personally identifiable information, along with the given credit card number, only to confirm the validity of the credit card numbers and process the transaction.
For certain requests such as purchases or written responses, BGS may provide service providers with personally identifiable information. Information used for these transactions will only be used for mailing and/or shipping purposes.
BGS views additional educational opportunities as separate and unique offers to its members. BGS may provide personally identifiable information to BGS chapter schools and educational affiliates for the purpose of recruitment of BGS members into various higher education programs.
A member of Beta Gamma Sigma can opt-out of any or all BGS emails or from BGS’ use of information collected upon registration on the Member Directory by visiting the BGS Member Services site at http://www.memberconnections.com/olc/pub/BGS/ and updating your member profile. Members already registered on the Member Directory may opt-out by clicking here. A Member may also opt-out by following the "Removal Instructions" provided at the bottom of all broadcast emails transmitted by BGS.
Additionally, a member may opt-out of receiving specific BGS communications by submitting a written or electronic request to the Society’s Central Office.
Questions or Comments
If you have any questions or comments concerning this Privacy Information Policy, please send an email to Beta Gamma Sigma at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: Beta Gamma Sigma, 125 Weldon Parkway, Maryland Heights, MO 63043.